With its more than 20 mountain lakes, Val Piora is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Ticino and famous for its wealth of fauna and flora. The tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom is a chance to experience a natural paradise in all its diversity.


At the end of this enchanting tour, a true spectacle awaits: from Acquacalda up to the Passo del Sole and past the Cadagno-Hütte to Lake Ritom, it finishes at the upper station of the steepest funicular railway in the world.

Here, adventure-hungry sightseers are quite literally lowered down on a cable. With a breathtaking maximum gradient of 87.8%, the bright red car jerks its way down to Piotta. This almost feels like freefalling – albeit in slow motion. Before the ride, you can enjoy the panoramic views and some of the many local delicacies in one of the Piora Valley’s picturesque grotti (rustic mountain restaurants) or mountain huts, even if just to muster up some courage. Perhaps in the Capanna Cadagno, where a wonderful brasato polenta is served, garnished with the legendary local Piora cheese that is produced nowhere but here.

At any rate, this five-hour hike certainly does not lack exclusive features. This is already evident at the beginning of the tour, where holidays in harmony with nature are on offer in the multiple award-winning Centro Ecologico in Acquacalda below the Lukmanier Pass.

There and back

Arrival: Postal bus to Acquacalda
Return: Funicular railway from Ritom upper station

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
One way
638 m
598 m
16.5 km
4 h 40 min
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
June - September
Along Water, Over a pass


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Quick Facts

Route number


16.5 km


4 h 40 min


638 m

Travel information: Acquacalda